Lewis Hamilton, who may or may not have been asked by Mercedes to get the word out, thinks so! Autosport: https://www.autospor...rcedes/5940870/
"It's no secret that what the changes [have done], of course they've been done to peg us back."
The world champion likened the situation to 2020, where a rule change brought in just before the Italian GP meant teams could no longer alter the engine modes on their cars, and must run with just one for both qualifying and the race.
Hamilton said: "We had the changes of course last year to our engine to do the same thing.
"But that's OK, we love a challenge and we don't look down on these things, we just work hard to do the best we can. And that's what we'll do."
"It's no secret" is a creative way of phrasing "I don't have proof", but it seems clear that the technical changes to reduce downforce generated by the floor have affected Mercedes and Aston Martin most of all. We've seen from qualifying in Bahrain that a slight change to the competitive order has occurred, with Red Bull and Merc (apparently) swapping places.
But is there more to it than that? Does it matter? Is it... a good thing? Please discuss! And vote in the poll.